China will get its own unique version of the new Honda HR-V as these images from the Chengdu Motor Show reveal.
Known as the XR-V, the new compact SUV is understood to ride on the same platform underpinning Australia’s new HR-V, revealed first as the Vezel in 2013.
Both models share an identical glasshouse and roofline, but this Chinese-market model is set apart from its global stablemate by a completely re-styled front, rear and profile design.
Front-end changes see the XR-V embrace a shallower grille design, flanked by narrower headlights and a bold lower bumper treatment.
At the rear, the XR-V’s LED tail-lights stretch across the width of the tail gate, replacing the smaller scalpel-like units of the HR-V.
The XR-V also does away with the diving character line of the global HR-V’s profile, featuring instead a high-set and sharply folded crease below the glasshouse.
The Chinese XR-V also gets a number of unique interior features, with new circular vents and a new centre console standing out as the key styling differences.
It’s unclear if we’ll see this new XR-V in markets outside of China, but with the HR-V already set for a wider global launch, it’s unlikely.